BayIND at the Future ICT for the Sustainable Cities Forum in Bangalore
On 23rd January 2019, BayIND joined when urban enthusiasts gathered for the Future ICT for Sustainable Cities Forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangalore. The forum provided a platform to discuss the role of ICT in shaping sustainable cities and addressed the implementation of challenges, with the ultimate objective of improving the quality of life of citizens.
The Forum brought together specialists from Europe and featured renowned speakers from organisations and companies such as Fortiss, Indian Space Research Organisation, Subex, Altran, Bosch and Wipro. Across the various sessions at the forum, speakers presented a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our cities. The key technologies discussed included geospatial technologies, open city data and blockchain.
Over 180 delegates including city representatives, smart city solution providers, start-ups, foreign experts, trade commission representatives, researchers and academia were attending the event. The sessions provided attendees to interact with one another in informative and informal settings, to promote in-depth technical interactions, exchange of opinions and networking.
Ms Elisabeth Vögele, Manager for Business and University presented the Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation (BayIND) as a service provider facilitating and establishing cooperation and exchange in the higher education landscape and among businesses between Bavaria and India.
Mr Jose Jacob K, Senior advisor of BayIND and co-organiser of the Forum stated: “This forum is a collaborative and open approach to sharing city data, to ensure that multiple stakeholders can contribute to the sustainability and liveability of cities”.
Dr Markus Duchon, Head of Architectures and Services for Critical Infrastructure from the Bavarian company Fortiss was a key speaker at the event. He spoke about Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain-based Architectures and highlighted their significance for smart cities.
Cities have started to develop digital strategies to ensure that the digital economy is a high priority and most importantly to move their digital planning and policy-making approach from ad hoc to an integrated and strategic one that utilises the potentials of the digital economy in their social, spatial and economic planning. The German Deputy Consul in Bangalore – Mr Karl Ehlerding, as he also highlighted the increased focus the ICT sector was receiving in Germany and Europe at large, reiterated this trend.
Mr Sebastien Hug, Consul General of Switzerland, Bengaluru highlighted the importance of data generated in cities and how data collection and analysis help improve services and liveability for citizens.
Dr VS Hegde, Former CMD, Antrix Corporation Limited highlighted the importance of spatial data and analytics in effective planning and monitoring of cities to ensure that cities can constantly make efforts to improve on the sustainability index.
A key partner for the forum was the FuturICT 2.0 project, which is an international European project with the goal to find ways to understand and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems. Mr Stefan Klauser, representing the FuturICT 2.0 introduced the Climate City Olympics initiative which motivates citizens to collaborate, contribute, measure, mitigate and manage climate change to make cities of the future more sustainable.
Ms Riccarda Stampa, Project Lead Digital Management, City of Aarau, Switzerland also highlighted the key digitalisation initiatives in her city and the challenges and opportunities in driving a multi-stakeholder approach to implementing ICT projects in the context of cities.